Passengers still missing as chopper wreckage found

Sunday October 22 2017

By MAGDALENE WANJA
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Splintered parts of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on Saturday have been found.

The pilot file and First Aid kits were found on the Northeastern part of the shore and near a sewage area in Lake Nakuru National Park.

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This photo shows the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on October 21, 2017. PHOTO | MAGDALYNE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

However, the five passengers have not been located.

Mr Jonathan Kertich, a desk officer at the National Disaster Operation Centre, says they have marked six spots within the lake where they are hoping to find the bodies.

He said some oil spills in the lake have been traced by the choppers flying around the park.

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A police officer on October 22, 2017 displays First Aid kits that were in the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on October 21, 2017. PHOTO | MAGDALYNE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Those missing are Mr Sam Gitau, Mr John Mapozi, Mr Anthony Kipyegon, a woman identified as Veronicah and the pilot Apollo Malowa.

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Police on Sunday show the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on October 21, 2017. PHOTO | MAGDALYNE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The helicopter, model 5Y-NMJ, owned and operated by Flex Air Charters, was attached to the Jubilee campaign team and had left Jarika County Lodge in Nakuru Town, shortly before it crashed.